Leon May

Passed away on January 25, 2019

Leon May passed away on January 25, 2019 at the age of 96. He was born on June 4, 1922 in Nashville, TN where he spent his entire life.

He attended Peabody Demonstration School, graduated from Vanderbilt University and served in the Navy in WWII. He married Mimsye Seiden in 1949 and was married for over 64 years until her death in 2014. He was an executive at May Hoisery Mill until the company was sold and then worked in commercial real estate until retirement.

He was a lifelong member of The Temple Ohabai Sholom and a past president. He was active in many facets of the Jewish community and an avid supporter of Israel and Jewish education. He will be especially missed by the Tuesday Lunch Group, his friends at Thursday Lunch with the Rabbi, and the Saturday Chevrah Torah Group.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mimsye; his parents, Mortimer May and Gertrude Bloch May; and his sister, Reba May Blum. He is survived by his children, Melanie (Doug) Hirt; Jacob (Jack) May; Frank (Diane) May; and Deborah (Neil) Wolfman; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Fred Goldner, Jr., Harris Gilbert, Dr. Jeff Eskind, Charles Robin, and his grandsons, Andrew Hirt, Kenneth Hirt, David May, Avi May, Willie Wolfman and Jonathan May. A special thanks to Maegan Bowers and Rose Refeege.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Temple, 5015 Harding Rd., Nashville, TN 37205; Akiva School, 809 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville TN 37205 or the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 28, 2019

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